About Dacayana Eskrima U.K. & Europe

Classes run from approx: 20:00 until 21:30 every Tuesday in the large Hall at Humphrey Park Community Centre

The origins of the Filipino art of Eskrima, (also known as Escrima, Arnis, or Kali), are quite difficult to pinpoint exactly. This is due to the large number of different systems that are present within the islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. Over the centuries the diverse cultures that have made up the Philippines have blended their heritage to create a national fighting system that utilises swords, daggers, knives, and fire hardened sticks for combative purposes.

                The name Eskrima / Escrima (meaning skirmish) was coined by the Spanish invaders of the Philippines who required guns in order to subdue the island natives and their deadly fighting skills.

                The study of Eskrima on its own has proven to be a highly effective, and in many cases, realistic method of combat and self-defence. However it can also be studied alongside other effective martial arts, such as Kempo Ju-Jitsu, allowing the practitioner to develop their own training to another level, whilst also developing new perspectives about their martial arts


The Dacayana system is unique, the emphasis is on flow, precision, timing, good body mechanics, control, footwork and form.

Some of the main differences that you will notice between the Dacayana system and other Fillipino Martial Arts (FMA) you may come across in the UK:

i.                    The footwork, form and movement are unique.

ii.                  The preferred length of the stick is  32”-34” as opposed to the more common 26”-28”.

iii.                The Balla Balla training is unique.

iv.                The absence of any sporting applications, rare in other eskrima systems.

v.                  Consecutive strike ‘hard wiring’ is rare or not seen in other systems.

vi.                Absence of Abinico ‘fan’ strikes.

vii.              Absence of some of the more common FMA drills such as ‘Hubad’

viii.            Predominantly a Right Handed System (This may or may not be found in other systems)

The Dacayana System is extremely fast because of the simplicity of the strikes and the footwork. The flow is achieved by a series of connected or consecutive strikes hard wired into the practitioner, which can be used to both attack and counter. Master Jhun is keen to preserve the history and culture of Cebu within the system and so where possible Cebuano/visayan terminology is used to describe the key strikes, techniques and fundamentals of the system. 

However (Dave Court) being mostly Japanese trained, has a tendency to relate some of the teachings to what he is already familiar with from previous martial arts studies in order to aid his understanding. Dave is currently studying the Dacayana system under Marcie Harding, the Director of Dacayana UK & Europe.

In recent years the growth of the system has been led by European Director Marcie Harding. Marcie is supported in her role By UK & Europe Representative John Devereaux and the Principal, Senior & Authorised Coaches already teaching the system .

Jon Ryley has joined the organisation as Strategic Advisor to Dacayana UK & Europe in order to formalise his supporting role.

Dacayana UK & Europe are the only group in the UK and throughout Europe authorised to teach his system. 

2108 saw Country Directors Appointed for  Italy, Switzerland and Eire

In 2019 the Dacayana System Became an Official Combat Art of the Philippine Army  (see certificate of appreciation to GM Jun opposite) 


Joining Dacayana Eskrima UK & Europe

All students who are accepted into Dacayana Eskrima Manchester must join Dacayana Eskrima UK & Europe in order to train and also to be graded in the system. Anyone is free to come along and try our class and after a little while Dave will decide if they have the right attitude and spirit to join the club and association. This practice is to help ensure that the potentially dangerous techniques contained within the system are not taught to individuals who will abuse the knowledge.


**Please note: we will not accept any students below 16yrs old.